"Steve has helped shape this city into truly the best in the Central Valley," said Visalia Mayor Amy Shuklian. "Through both good and challenging times, he always maintained a calm approach to deal with issues. His ability to forge relationships with community stakeholders is unprecedented.
“It will be difficult to imagine the City of Visalia without Steve Salomon as City Manager,” she added. “I consider him a friend and will miss working with and learning from him."
In announcing his plans to retire, Mr. Salomon said, “I have had the pleasure and honor of working for the City Councils and the community since 1996, over 16 years. Much has been accomplished and the community's quality has been enhanced.”
Mr. Salomon also acknowledged the hundreds of City employees with whom he has worked. “Visalia, without a doubt, has the finest municipal organization in the State.” He also thanked the City Council Members he has worked with during his tenure. “Visalia has been blessed for decades with elected officials who serve only with the desire to make this place stronger and better. It shows in all facets of the community.”
Throughout his career, he has focused on economic development, redevelopment, growth management, and operational and fiscal efficiency. He faced tremendous challenges as the City Manager and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director for the City of Watsonville during its recovery from the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake.
During his tenure as Visalia’s City Manager, his accomplishments are highlighted with the expansion of services to meet the needs of Visalia citizens. They include: The passage of Measure T, the first sales tax augmentation in the State to fund on-going public safety operations; the opening of two new police substations in north and south Visalia to enhance the interaction between citizens and the Visalia Police Department; the addition of two new parking structures to keep up with the demands of a vital, thriving Downtown Visalia; the opening of Visalia’s sixth fire station on Lovers Lane; the expansion of the Kaweah Delta Medical Center facilities, and; the opening and expansion of the Visalia Transit Center and the Transit Maintenance Facility.
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